April 19, 2014 Subject:
More Than Your Generic Jungle Picture
Leif Erickson, known for many years as a rugged he-man type in films and television returns to the screen after WWII with this pulp fiction film and with a bang. This film has been panned to death, but in it's own way is quite good. For a jungle picture, the random stock footage of wild animals is at a minimum. The white 18 year old jungle girl with the operatic voice is somewhat over the top, but believable in the context of the story. Veda Ann Borg gets an honorable mention for the cool, seductive role as a lonely, frustrated wife of Douglas Dumbrille the villain of the piece. Frank Jenks brings his usual light comedic touch to his roll as does Matt Willis in his role as a villainous killer/partner to Dumbrille. This picture was originally released by PRC in late 1947 and continued in release by Eagle-Lion Films into 1948 after PRC was absorbed into Eagle-Lion.
With the voice-over narration this is more like the script to a radio play. Not the greatest "B" jungle film ever made, but it's worth a look. The actual film is flawed and worn but watchable and the sound is O.K. I liked it. Enjoy.